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1 week ago

Galaxy Note 4 available in red for Christmas, but is limited to South Korea

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Those who reside in South Korea and wish to pick up the Galaxy Note 4 will be able to grab the smartphone in velvet red for Christmas. According to the SamMobile report, this colored variant of the Galaxy Note 4 appears to be limited to South Korean carrier SK Telecom. Put simply, don't get your hopes up on purchasing one if you do not live in the region.

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1 week ago

Xiaomi investigates sales ban in India over patent infringements

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Xiaomi has been forced to suspend sales altogether in India due to infringing on patents held by Ericsson, which we already covered yesterday, but the company today released a short statement explaining the situation to customers and potential buyers. The injunction, issued by the Delhi High Court, prohibits Xiaomi from selling, manufacturing or importing devices in the country. The ban is set to be in effect until February 5, 2015 at the very least.

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2 weeks ago

Hangouts Chrome app update brings proper desktop notifications, new phone tab

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The Hangouts app for Chrome OS and Windows recently grabbed an update, and while the change log doesn't list anything particularly groundbreaking, the app has seen the addition of a new phone tab and desktop notifications.

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2 weeks ago

Google Translate adds support for ten more languages

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Google has added support for 10 more languages to Google Translate, allowing an additional 200 million people to translate text to and from their native languages. Support for the 10 new languages is now live on the Google Translate web portal, and Google says that support will reach mobile apps shortly.

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2 weeks ago

Pick up a refurbished Moto X (2013) for just $158

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Update: Well, looks like that sold out quickly. The only other available deal on the Moto X (2013) is for $229 in either white or black. Not as great of a deal.

Original story: We're well into the life cycle of the new Moto X, but that doesn't mean the old one isn't still worth having if you can get it for a good deal. NoMoreRack has the original Moto X (unlocked GSM, of course) available in a refurbished condition for just $158 right now, and that's a pretty darn good price. Last year's Moto X for less than the price of the new Moto G is nothing to shake a stick at — and we're sure more than a few people will snatch this one up.

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2 weeks ago

Google Fit update brings support for over 100 new activities, improved step detection

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The Google Fit app snatched an update today, and it brings a couple of new, nifty features. Along with the usual helping of bug fixes, the update also contains support for manual entry of over 100 new activities and experimental step detection when your Android Wear watch is disconnected from a paired phone.

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2 weeks ago

VoLTE arrives on Droid Turbo in Advanced Calling update

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Verizon has announced today that it has begun rolling out an update for the Droid Turbo. If you had your heart set on Lollipop, it doesn't appear that it's coming with this update. Rather, it will bring Verizon's Advanced Calling 1.0, which enables VoLTE and simultaneous voice and data.

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2 weeks ago

Checking the checksum on a Nexus factory image (and why you should)

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checking the sums

Take a few easy steps to verify that the file you downloaded is the file you wanted

Having a Nexus means you're provided with factory restore images should you want to revert anything you might have done to the system software. It's a failsafe, and the easiest way to return everything to the way it's "supposed" to be. More than a few people with Nexus phones use them — both for their intended purpose and as a way to get an update without waiting.

What we need to remember is that means one more thing that can (and eventually will) go wrong. You're downloading a large and intricate set of bits and bytes. You should take a few minutes and verify the bits and bytes you downloaded are an exact copy of the bits and bytes that were uploaded.

The easiest way to do this is to verify the file checksum.

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2 weeks ago

Amazon's new Google Play app released without Appstore or Instant Video

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Amazon has quietly hidden a Google Play Store app they had released in September which included integration with Instant Video and their own Appstore. In turn they have released another app dedicated exclusively to shopping for physical goods. A change in Google's Developer Distribution Agreement is what has caused the shuffle, according to a statement from Amazon. You can still find the old Amazon app through a direct link, but it won't turn up on searches. For now, Instant Video and the Appstore are available when installing Amazon's app over your browser.

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2 weeks ago

Action Launcher 3 brings Android 5.0 stylings, performance

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Action Launcher 3

Premium features will require a new in-app purchase, but they're well worth it

Chris Lacy's Action Launcher has been one of our favorite alternative launchers of late, thanks to its speed, design and innovative options for widgets and folders. Today marks the release of Action Launcher 3, a top-to-bottom redesign of the app that moves the codebase to Android 5.0 Lollipop adds some new visual features and streamlines some old favorites.

Action Launcher 3 also blurs the lines a little bit between being an update and a completely new app, as Lacy is giving those who purchased the Pro version of Action Launcher 2 a path to keep their paid app without having to make a separate purchase. It's all a little clunky, a little confusing, and a little controversial.

While you're waiting on the update to go live in Google Play (which should be any time now), we'll explain what's up.

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2 weeks ago

Marvel Venom table added to Zen Pinball HD for Android

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The team at Zen Studios will be adding yet another Marvel super-hero table to their pinball game. This time it's based on Venom, one of Spider-Man's major villains. It's now available as an in-app download for Zen Pinball HD for Android in the Google Play Store for $1.99.

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2 weeks ago

Logitech offers new keyboard folio case for Verizon Ellipsis 8

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Verizon's super-affordable Ellipsis 8 now has a solid cover and Bluetooth keyboard folio available. The Logitech Type - V has all of the important Android shortcut keys available, a hole in the back for the camera to keep taking pictures with the device camera, and added protection against everyday bumps and scratches.

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2 weeks ago

HTC Desire Eye review

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Selfie. The first time I heard the word I paused. Do we really need a term for taking a photo of yourself at arm's length with a crappy front-facing camera? (I may have used stronger language). That was a few years ago. Today the term has exploded in use, and smartphone cameras aren't quite so little and crappy anymore, but I still hate even reading the word, much less using it. It's spawned dedicated social networks, a horrible (and blessedly short-lived) ABC sitcom, and now the HTC Desire Eye smartphone. There's more than the front-facing 13-megapixel camera at play here, but it's the defining feature on the face of this device.

It's a sign of the times that a manufacturer like HTC would feel compelled to release a phone with what should be a high-quality, high-resolution a camera dedicated to taking pictures of the user. But that commentary on the state of our society is probably for another day. Seeing somebody taking a selfie today isn't a surprising thing. Walking through Times Square or the Champ de Mars you'll see selfie-taker after selfie-taker. It might prompt an eye roll or two, but it's not a crazy, narcissistic thing anymore.

The HTC Desire Eye, however, is a surprising and kind-of crazy phone. The big center-mounted circular lens at the top dominates the face of the phone, like the eye of a cyclops. It's so dominant that you don't even notice that the phone's ringed in red, or how the the speakers are artfully hidden, or that there's a dual-LED flash up with that front-facing camera. For better or worse, the HTC Desire Eye is the selfie phone, and this is our review.

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2 weeks ago

Hulu offers free mobile access to great shows for the holiday season

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If you don't have Hulu installed on your Android device now, you may want to give it a go, because they're offering Android-exclusive mobile access to their catalog to celebrate the holiday season. Some of these programs include The Tonight Show, Gotham, South Park, and a personal favorite, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

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2 weeks ago

Now your friends can use your Chromecast without stealing your Wi-Fi

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Your friends can now easily cast videos to your Chromecast thanks to a new feature called guest mode. The new mode allows anyone in the room with an Android device to jump on your Chromecast — even if they're not connected to your Wi-Fi network. Enabling guest mode on your Chromecast is just a few taps away.

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